Thursday, 6 January 2011

"Listen to everyone.

Then decide what's best for you."

That's the best advice I think I can give. Because it's the best advice ever given to me.

I've been thinking about advice recently. That's because I'll be offering some to lots of different people of lots of different ages in the next month. All about the same subject: writing.

In a couple of weeks, I'll return to my alma mater (that's Latin, it means nourishing or bountiful mother), Roehampton University. One of my old lecturers has asked me to sit on a panel and offer advice to undergrad students on writing courses there.

In a few weeks, I'll be asking a room of undergrad designers and postgrad writers to work together on a brief. A few days later, I'll be sitting with John Simmons and other heavyweights from the creative industry and giving the students advice, after they've pitched their work to us.

Next month, I'll be taking a week of writing workshops with the 'gifted and talented' children in a primary school in north London. Their teacher tells me they're very keen on language. But sometimes they need to be stretched a little.

The children at the primary school will be about 10 years old. The undergrads about 20. Some of the postgrads might be 40 or 50 or 60.

My advice will be the same to them all.

Listen to everyone. Then decide what's best for you.

And, most importantly, enjoy yourself while you're doing it.

(Take a look to the right of this page. The bit called 'I've just learned'. It's all about choices.)

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